Entranced Earth, for most of its lenght, depicts the discovery of the characters in a frenetic editing pace, reminiscient-of-Marienbad treatment of space and time and unsettling photography fundled to a time-lapsed, crowning catharsis: a convulsed portrait of the humans beneath the political archetypes.
The trance here is a metaphor for both: convulsion and apathy. As the machine gun bursting through its soundtrack, Rocha fires to every political piece that glues a corrupted system together - one by one. And what a beautiful frontline this is: Entranced Earth combines a cinematic explosion with a point of view, always fearless with those unstoppable cameras and full time carnivals. A brazilian gem to its finest.
Rocha expertly outlines the failings of the political establishment and how, unfortunately, impossible it is to have a true people's revolution in the modern bourgeois world. Visually, the film is stunning and anarchic in its form. A new restoration/release would be greatly appreciated as can't help but think it would only enhance the film's power.
cinematically it is a bomb - photography, composition, sound, acting, everything. it loses something for being politically so descriptive - the dialogues are too much focused on political strategy, rather than actual politics. when the film gets emotional - it happens quite often-, it really hits you.
The film is told in a non-linear fashion, composed of one surreal scene after another in striking black & white. Charaters address the camera with their political dialogue, music starts and stops, rapid editing and hand held shots of people in close up - these elements have been used before and since Entranced Earth, but here it's so fresh, so evocative, so engaging that the film makes for a wholly unique experience.
An eclectic film that reminds one of Last Year at Marienbad with its treatment of temporal and spatial changes, or of Godard with it's editing style.Entranced Earth freely intertwines different almost-surreal sequences that help creating one of the most memorable,honest and universal depictions of the corrupt and perhaps hopeless political landscape in which we invariably find ourselves. As true today as it was then.